Shanghai has much to offer in the way of unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants and diners. Shanghai is, after all, known for its inclination to try new things and explore the creative side.
Gongdelin Vegetarian Restaurant is a prime example of the uniqueness of Shanghai's dining scene. An entirely vegetarian menu done to the highest standards and catering to an international clientele.
O'Malley's Irish Pub is a child-friendly Irish bar designed to look like the inside of a pirate ship. If that isn't odd, I don't know what is. The strangest part is that its eclectic design choices have made it amazingly popular!
Haya's is in a league of its own. Tucked away down a small alley and designed like a stoner's hang out you'd hardly expect to find the best Mediterranean food in Shanghai, but there it is!
Oyama Sushi Bar is a strange success story in Shanghai, where local dishes are known for their seafood and offer viable competition to the renown of Japanese sushi.
Laris sits on the Bund with an amazing view of the water. The restaurant is run by an internationally renowned chef and features a chocolate fountain, a martini bar and a breakfast menu and while these three things don't normally go together, at Laris that's just the appeal!
For a pleasant out of the way cafe, try A Future Perfect, where you'll be able to spend hours reading or online over simple fare totally undisturbed by China's largest city.
The Whampoa Club offers delicious Vietnamese cuisine without the usual price hike for ethnic grub. Likewise, Cantina Agave and Hazara serve up the best these genres have to offer in the middle of a city dominate by Chinese and Western cuisine. The fact that they exist an have thrived is unique in and of itself.
Finally, what would you think of a Japanese owned Italian fast-food restaurant situated smack dab in the middle of Shanghai? Odd, huh? Well its delicious and extremely cheap and well worth a try!
445 Nan Jing West Road
Popular vegan spot for anyone with like-minded eating habits...
42 Tao Jiang Road
Between Heng Shan Road and Wu Lu Mu Qi Road
A notch above the average pub grub with great kids food...
415 Dahu Lu
Tasty Mediterranean treats, the best in Shanghai...
20 Donghu Lu, 2F
Near Huaihai Lu
Sushi done perfectly, prices that wont make you cry...
6/F 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu
Near Guangdong Lu
Fine Dining with a famous chef and astonishing view...
No. 16, Lane 351 Huashan Lu
Near Changshu Lu
A Delightful Western Get away with excellent cuisine and a great atmosphere...
3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi
Three on the Bund
The real taste of Shanghai...
291 Fuming lu
Near Changle Lu
A Latin escape renown with expats for the amazing food and drinks...
Ruìjin Èr Lù 118
Building 4, Ruìjin Binguan, between Yongjia Lù and Fùxing Zhong Lu
Magically exotic Indian delights with amazing service...
319 Tianyaoqiao Lu
Fill a big appetite for small fee on fast-food Italian...